9 February 2019

Friday Night Review - 02.08.2019

Before we get to the words… a moment of celebration.

A few days ago, I had my usual ninety-day review with my endocrinologist. These visits always produce a high level of anxiety. As a Type II diabetic with declining pancreatic function, it’s never the known that scares me. It’s the unknown.

You can test your glucose levels multiple times per day and have a general feeling as to what your ninety-day performance was. The rest of the tests are unknown until the labs return.

I’ve been wanting to cease taking one particular oral medication. A ninety-day supply costs over $1,200.00. This is absurd and I have a lot of choice words for big pharma. Medical clearance to stop this medication was my number one goal for this period.

For the past thirty days, I’d stopped taking this one particular pill. Against medical advice. AMA… this is often not a good decision. However, after a couple of days of my body adjusting to its absence, I felt confident in the decision.

So does my wonderful endocrinologist. I’ve gone from 100 units of long-acting insulin a day and seven oral medications to control my glucose to…

Two pills. Two.

The aforementioned wonderful endocrinologist said, at the end of the appointment, Paul… you’ve got a real shot at reducing one more prescription. I think you can do this.”

Sometimes… those last six words are all we need to hear.

On with the words…

Reading - Online

The main take-out for me is that you have to do something that is useful, meaningful, not because people care because they don’t. It doesn’t have to be meaningful to everybody but at least for you. And when we do something meaningful, then unexpected things happens like quality starts to emerge, creativity flourish, you are bound to a direction, expression abounds. Then the purpose becomes apparent.

— J. F. Matin, Nobody Cares About Anything”

Here is this week’s two-by-four to the face from (@numericcitizen on Micro.blog). Too much of what we do on a daily basis lacks meaning. Without meaning, no purpose can be discovered. Meaning… then purpose. Trust the process.

I believe that the first step towards becoming a writer is becoming a reader, but the next step is becoming a reader with a pencil. When you underline and circle and jot down your questions and argue in the margins, you’re existing in this interesting middle ground between reader and writer…

— Austin Kleon, Reading with a pencil”

Since the start of 2019, I’ve been taking notes and copying passages verbatim from the books I’m reading. Yes… it slows me down… which is what I needed. I found I wasn’t retaining critical pieces of information and overall meaning. It’s made all the difference in the world.

But I’m still not marking up a book, Austin. You do you if you want. 40+ years later, I’m still in mortal fear of Mrs. Stowers, the head librarian at the Union City Public Library in Union City, Tennessee. And if you met her, you… would… be… scared… as well.

Reading - In Print

Finished *Atomic Habits* by James Clear. As someone said, It’s all common sense.” But if it is indeed all common sense, then why do we not embrace it and improve our lives in rapid fashion? As clear says in the introduction, Atomic Habits is an operational manual.” I’m taking some time over the next few weeks to document my good habits, bad habits and the habits I want to create. Any framework that helps me keep the first, eliminate the second and instill the third has my attention and obedience.

Started Dreyer’s English by Benjamin Dreyer, the Copy Chief for Penguin Random House. Dreyer’s wit is subtle and his sarcasm is sharp. My kind of writer. (He approves of using sentence fragments.)

Your Week

It’s the middle of the winter. Many parts of the United States took a pounding from Mother Nature. Over here, we’re soldiering on… looking forward to events in the future and taking time to recuperate.

That’s what winters are for. Spring will be here soon enough. Until then, try to carve out some time for quiet reflection and rest. The body and soul need it.

Have a great week.


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